Child safe after seven-hour standoff situation in Boise

Child safe after seven-hour standoff situation in Boise

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Posted on February 18, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 10:03 AM

West Boise standoff situation

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BOISE -- Officers peacefully ended a 7-hour standoff involving a man and a 14-month-old child late Monday night at a home on the 4700 block of North Jullion Way.

Officers say witnesses reported the man was acting erratically, and feared he was under the influence of drugs, had access to weapons, and was a danger to the child

When police arrived on scene, they say the suspect refused to come out of the home or allow them to check the welfare of the 14-month-old.

Boise Police called the department's Crisis Negotiation Team and SWAT officers to the scene, believing the man was a danger to himself and the child.

After nearly seven hours of negotiating, the man finally came out of the basement and surrendered the 14-month-old to officers. The child is now in protective custody.

Police turned the man over to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Authorities say he could be charged in the future for child endangerment.

"The presence of a baby made this a particularly delicate situation. We've been very concerned for the safety of that child," said Captain Eugene Smith with the Boise Police Department.

"We needed to do all we could to keep that child safe in what we were afraid was a very volatile environment. That meant allowing negotiations to proceed as slowly and methodically as necessary to allow for a peaceful resolution."

No neighbors were evacuated at the time of the standoff, but police told them to stay inside their homes, and police closed off the street closest to the home.

Stay with KTVB.COM for updates.

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